Here are three outdoor and conservation-related opportunities for Virginia youth in summer 2014.
Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Youth Conservation Camp – for high-school students (grades 9-12) to learn about natural resources from professionals and Virginia Tech faculty members. July 13-19, 2014, at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. More information is available from the Association’s Web site at http://www.vaswcd.org/conservation-camp, or Association phone (804) 559-0324; or by contacting your local Soil and Water Conservation District office (those offices are processing applications and setting the deadlines to do so). You can find the District serving your locality at this link: http://www.vaswcd.org/districts-by-countycity. Once you know your district, you can locate them by an online search or by checking the government pages of your local phone book.
Virginia Department of Forestry Holiday Lake Forestry Camp – for ages 13-16 to learn about forest management. June 16-21, 2014, at Holiday Lake 4-H Education Center in the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest. Application deadline: April 11. More information: http://www.dof.virginia.gov/camp/;
or contact Ellen Powell, Camp Coordinator, at (434) 220-9083 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps – Work opportunities for ages 14-17 on various state park projects (habitat restoration, trail management, water-quality testing, and many more possibilities). 2014 work periods are as follows:
Session One: June 22 – July 12
Session Two: July 20 – Aug 9
The application deadline is April 14, 2014.
For more information: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/youth-conservation-corps.shtml.